ABC for you and me

The Underwater Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta and illustrated by Edgar Stewart is one of many remarkable resources for teaching scientific concepts. This book combines detailed illustrations with a variety of fun facts about sea creatures from A to Z.

While ABC books are often thought of as resources for younger students, I have found that there are quite a few which easily lend themselves to working with students of all ages. They can be useful as an intro to a new topic or as a quick reference material for beginning student research.

The ABC book format is also a fun way for students to showcase what they have learned about a topic/theme. Working in groups, students can create their own alphabet books, using their new-found knowledge to design detailed illustrations and factual texts for each page.

A few more great ABC books: A Prairie Alphabet by Yvette Moore and Jo Bannatyne-Cugnet; The Invisible ABCs by Rodney P. Anderson; B is for Beaver: An Oregon Alphabet by Marie and Roland Smith; Country Road ABC: An Illustrated Journey Through America’s Farmland by Arthur Geisert; and On the River ABC by Anna-Maria L. Crum

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